Oncology

Automated screening for cervical cancer is more effective

Carrying out cervical cancer screenings using an automated approach has been found to be more effective. The study by the National Cancer Institute in the US indicated that coverage in underserved regions was increased by the automated technology. Cervical cancer is the result of persistent...

Breast cancer patients 'have no increased risk of death from heart disease'

The heart can be damaged during treatment for breast cancer, but this does not necessarily increase the risk of death, a new study has found. Research carried out by the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany has shown that those who have undergone radiotherapy or chemotherapy...

Lymph node biopsies not always necessary in cases of small breast tumours

Scientists have been investigating whether it is necessary to give patients with microinvasive breast cancer biopsies of the lymph nodes. Microinvasive cancers are defined as those where the tumours are a millimetre or less in size. Researchers at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute in the US...

Large analysis of gynaecological and breast tumours reveals 5 new subtypes

A vast study into gynaecological and breast cancers has uncovered some remarkable findings. Among the discoveries made by scientists from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the US were previously unknown molecular features of tumours and five new subtypes of cancer. The...

Breakthrough in 100-year-old breast cancer mystery

Scientists have had a breakthrough in an area of breast cancer research that has baffled their predecessors for around a century. The team at Baylor College of Medicine and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in the US has discovered a connection between the Warburg pathway and cancer growth...

Abdominal fat reduces chances of women surviving kidney cancer

Abdominal fat is a large contributing factor to the chances of women dying from kidney cancer, although it does not appear to affect men in the same way. This is according to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, US, who have been studying the correlation between the...

Potential for new strategy in fight against ovarian cancer

There’s a possibility that ovarian cancer could be tackled in a new way after a breakthrough by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the US. They discovered a cellular pathway that had previously been unknown to doctors and...

New hope for ovarian cancer patients, as scientists repurpose inhibitors

Repurposing HDAC inhibitors could be a therapeutic option for patients suffering from ovarian cancer, a new study has found. The inhibitors have already been approved by the FDA for the treatment of other diseases, such as leukaemia, but have not been used for ovarian cancer until now. Researchers...

Breakthrough in identifying second breast cancer risk for women with BRCA mutation

Women with high-risk BRCA gene mutations can now have their chances of a second breast cancer identified with greater accuracy. By testing for a number of other genetic variants that all carry a small impact on the risk of breast cancer can help to form a fuller picture. That is according to...

Combination breast cancer treatment targets tumour growth

Combining a cancer therapy, which activates a defective protein and is currently undergoing clinical trial, with a second drug therapy that helps suppress tumour blood vessels found in cancer cells, can help to significantly reduce the spread of breast cancer tumours while also causing cancer cell...